So... I heard a weird buzzing sound... and thought it was coming from around the corner near my door... so I went to check it out. The outlet looked fine ( ) and the one cord plugged in there looked secure... but I was curious about the noise and almost certain it sounded like electricity... so I very carefully and very quicky pulled the cord (from the big prong area) out of the socket. I pulled it in such a way that the cord flew out of my hand once it was out (because I'm a scardey cat, LOL) and it's a good thing I did! Blue electric went zapping out.. and looked like it did an arc back into the socket.. I can't be sure what it did, it happened so fast After I had a relaxing breath or two... I plugged my cord into a different outlet. It was for my computer.. but I also very carefully checked the cord for any flaws and such, but it's pretty new, so it looked good. I know that a good deal of house fires are started by faulty electrical outlets... so what I want to ask of any electircians here is... is this some normal occurence that I was unaware of.. due to me flinging the cord out of the socket the way I did... or is this something that ought to be looked at by an electrician asap? It is my mothers house rather than mine... so I definitely plan on letting her know once she wakes... but I thought it would also be nice to let her know with any information gathered here available to her as well. Thank you every/anyone! Fear not! I shall not mess with that outlet!